When he was signed back in February, it was thought that Harden would become the missing team for the 76ers.
He would improve the offense and would make plays and shots too.
However, now the team is eliminated from the playoffs and Harden has been mostly a non-factor for the troubled team.
That was very apparent on Thursday night, as Harden went 4-for-9 from the field in Game 6 against the Miami Heat and attempted only two shots after halftime.
Oh, and he missed both of those shots.
James Harden, when asked why he only took two shots in the second half: “We ran our offense, and the ball didn’t get back to me.”
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 13, 2022
Speaking after the game, Harden touched upon his lack of shooting in the second half.
“We ran our offense, and the ball didn’t get back to me,” Harden said.
Is that answer going to be good enough for the Philadelphia faithful?
One of the infamous comments about Harden is that he gasses out during the playoffs and seemingly falls apart when his team needs him most.
Sure enough, there are multiple occurrences of Harden not being reliable in the postseason.
This year was another example of that.
His postseason average this year has been 18.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 8.6 assists.
Those are mostly lower than his career and season averages and they look even rougher when you dig deeper.
Harden, who was supposed to hold the offense together, has only scored more than 25 one time in these playoffs.
He’s also been racking up quite a few turnovers and has several bad nights when it comes to this three-point percentage.
All in all, he hasn’t been the difference-maker for Philly that many expected.
He can blame the offensive plans all he wants but he can’t deny that he’s simply not producing for his team.